Mass. Fraudster Claims Atty's Romance Tainted Case

By Roxanne Palmer (April 18, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts attorney convicted of leading a $10 million mortgage fraud ring asked on Saturday for that judgment to be set aside, saying one of his defense attorneys was romantically involved with a member of the prosecution during the trial.

The relationship — which only recently came to light — was actively concealed from Eric Levine by both the romantically entangled individuals and by the rest of his defense team, according to a motion filed in Massachusetts federal court.

Levine is one of 11 defendants charged in connection with a scheme in which the co-conspirators orchestrated nearly two dozen fraudulent property...

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